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Chrome News

Closed furnace makes the grade

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Two weeks into the commissioning of the first of the two 54 MVA closed-furnaces at SA Chrome’s new smelter in Boshoek in the North West, and the furnace had already been ramped up to a power of about 20 MVA, with 14 taps having taken place to date. 

R1,3-bn smelter construction passes the halfway mark

By: Marius Roodt     5th July 2002 Platinum is set to do for Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo Province, what it did for Rustenburg, in the North West Province, by being the centre of gravity in Anglo Platinum’s (Angloplat’s) expansion projects on the Eastern Limb of South Africa’s platinum-rich Bushveld Complex. 

Smelter's twin furnaces commissioned

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 The first of two 54 MVA closed-furnaces at SA Chrome’s new R700-million smelting plant was ready for hot-commissioning in early June 2002, allowing for the first ferrochrome to be tapped in the middle of that month. 

Finnish techno giant commits to project in the long term

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Finnish technology supplier Outokumpu has committed itself to SA Chrome beyond its involvement in the engineering and supply of equipment and erection services for the construction of the smelter. 

Drilling finalised at Bafokeng mine

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Drilling at the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s (RBN) chrome reserve, known as the Bafokeng chrome-mine, has been completed and the analysis of the ore as well as the negotiations for the acquisition of this land by SA Chrome will take place shortly, RBN mineral resources executive Lemogang Pitsoe... 

R40-million construction contract winds down

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 With the possibility for the construction of a third furnace at SA Chrome’s newly built smelter in Boshoek, in the North West Province, Nigel-based engineering firm, Mac Engineering hopes to negotiate its continued involvement with the construction of the smelting plant. 

SA chrome firm mulls third furnace

2nd July 2002 South African Chrome and Alloys yesterday said it will know by the end of the year whether it will build a third furnace to boost its high-carbon ferrochrome output from 240 000 t/y to 400 000 t/y. 

Ferrochrome market 'in recovery'

27th June 2002 The high-carbon ferrochrome market has weathered the worst of its downturn and should benefit from improving prices in the latter part of this year, Swiss-based producer Xstrata said on Wednesday. 

Chrome smelter

14th June 2002 Name of the project and location Chrome smelter, North West Province. Project description The project will involve the construction of two ferrochrome furnaces and a pelletising and sintering plant. The planned production of ferrochrome from the smelters is 235 000 t/y. The new, but improved,... 

Study into greenfields chrome-mine under way

29th May 2002 Mining firm Samancor Chrome is investigating the feasibility of developing a new opencast chrome-mine on the property Clapham, north of Steelpoort in the Limpopo Province. 

Chrome smelter's R550m furnaces near completion

By: nkolola halwindi     24th May 2002 About 90% of the the Horizon project involving the construction of two ferrochrome smelters situated in Boshoek for SA Chrome has been completed. 

Ferrochrome project on track

10th May 2002 South African Chrome and Alloys said its 240 000 ton ferrochrome project was on track and deliveries would be made in the third and fourth quarters of this year as planned. 

Countdown to new chrome mine and smelter begins

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th March 2002 The South African chrome industry’s new kid on the block reports that its new underground mine and smelter will come on stream within the next three months, adding about 240 000 t to the country’s yearly ferrochrome production. 

Swiss group emerging as coal colossus

22nd February 2002 Swiss-based natural resources group Xstrata posted a drop in earnings in 2001 as global demand for commodities slipped and it detailed plans for a $2,5-billion takeover of foreign coal businesses. 

Big ferrochrome producer to shut down operations

7th February 2002 The decision by Norway’s Elkem to shut down its ferrochrome production should have a limited effect on the market’s balance, but does reflect tough times for producers at present, traders said. 

Ferrochrome plant to produce 175 000 t in 2002

31st January 2002 South Africa’s Assmang chrome plant has spent R750-million to raise capacity of ferrochrome alloy to more than 300 000 tons a year from about 100 000 tons despite weak metal prices, the company said. 

Supplying finance to leading projects

14th December 2001 Established in 1995 with a view to providing an all encompassing merchant banking service to the resources-based industry, RMB Resources has grown into one of Africa’s leading national resources participants. 

Smelter construction under way

14th December 2001 Construction is under way at SA Chrome and Alloys’s new smelter, pelletising and sintering plant at Boshoek, some 20 km north of Rustenburg in the North West Province. 

R700m ferrochrome smelter on track

14th December 2001 The construction of SA Chrome’s R700-million smelter project in the North-West Province, due to be operational by the middle of next year, is well on track. 

Latest technology for f'chrome smelter

14th December 2001 The latest gas-cleaning technology and new equipment will be introduced in the sintering and preheating processes at South African Chrome and Alloy’s smelter plant near Rustenburg in the North West Province by Finnish global metals group, Outokumpu. 

South Africa continues its world chrome domination

14th December 2001 The success of South African Chrome and Alloy’s smelter project will be 

Mine upgrade is under way

14th December 2001 As part of its efforts to become one of the lowest-cost ferrochrome producers in the world SA Chrome and Alloys is re-commissioning the old Horizon Chrome Mine. 

SA ferrochrome plant closed

27th November 2001 Mining and energy giant BHP Billiton has announced the closure of its Palmiet Ferrochrome operation, located in Krugersdorp, South Africa, effective immediately. 

SA’s newest chrome producer sees recovery in 2002

12th November 2001 Despite ferrochrome prices reaching near thirty-year lows, SA Chrome MD Terence McConnachie is confident that prices will stabilise in the next quarter when the first sale of product from its 235 000 t plant in the North West province should start. 

Union, mining group close to deal on strike

6th November 2001 Mining company BHP Billiton said it hoped a 25-day wage strike at its Samancor unit would soon be resolved after a key union said it may end the strike today. 

Strike hits ferrochrome output

12th October 2001 Ferrochrome producer Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has cut 40 000 tons of its 850 000 tons annual output because of a wage strike that started on Thursday, a BHP Billiton spokesman said. 

Now ferrochrome strike looms

10th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its members would embark on a wage strike from Thursday at the ferrochrome units of Samancor, a subsidiary of mining giant BHP Billiton. 

Chrome operation gets new machines

5th October 2001 The reputation of Volvo equipment and the support provided Babcock Equipment has lead a Pretoria plant-hire company to purchase three materials-handling machines for its new opencast operations. 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

Ferrochrome electrical contract nears completion

7th September 2001 A fast-track electrical and instrumentation contract on a furnace and sinter plant for Bateman Titaco at Assmang’s Machadodorp ferrochrome works is being completed by B&W Industrial Technology. 

Big project push continues at manganese, chrome producer

29th August 2001 Mining firm Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa has posted an 82,4% increase in earnings for the year ended June 30, 2001, at R231-million compared to R127-million reported in the previous year. 

Second JV furnace switched on

20th August 2001 The second new furnace at the Wonderkop ferrochrome plant in South Africa, a joint venture between Xstrata and Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has been switched on. 

Concentrator proves popular in ferrochrome processing

22nd June 2001 Increasing acceptance of Multotec Process Equipment's spiral concentrators in the ferrochrome industry has seen four installations of these spiral separation plants commissioned at Southern African and foreign mines over the past 18 months. 

Ferrochrome strike looms

15th June 2001 Close to 800 workers at Xstrata in Rustenberg, North West Province, could embark on strike action after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the company failed to resolve a two-month dispute. 

Green hurdle for chrome

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Final investigation into the potential environmental impact of Samancor’s proposed R1,5-billion ferrochrome smelter near Mooinooi, North West Province, is continuing. 

June D-day for chrome study

By: System Author     28th April 2000 A feasibility study into the viability of South African Chrome and Alloys installing a R250-million ferro-chrome smelter at Boshoek, near Rustenburg in the North West Province, is to be completed by the end of June. 

New age dawns for chrome producer

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The future of Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa’s (Assmang’s) ferrochrome operations will be assured by the development of the Dwarsrivier chromium-mine, in Mpumalanga. 

Chrome producer increases production to 800 000 t/y

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Ferrous Metals and Minerals 

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